Headed by veteran producer Michael May, the lab works primarily in short cycles called “sprints.” NPR employees pitch ideas and get two weeks to try them out.
Not all of the products lead to ongoing programs, and that’s OK, May said.
“A big part of the lab,” he told me on The Pub, “is for the employees here to have a chance to do something different and to take some risks, and not necessarily that every one will lead to every NPR employee having their own podcast!”
On this week’s episode, we interview May before a live video chat audience via Shindig, and he even entertains a few pitches from the crowd. (Thanks to Shindig for sponsoring the episode!)
Also, we celebrate The Pub’s first birthday! Watch a replay of the complete Shindig show.
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Adam Ragusea hosts Current’s weekly podcast The Pub and is a journalist in residence and visiting assistant professor at Mercer University’s Center for Collaborative Journalism.